You've been working for the weekend all week and it's finally here, but try as you might, you can't totally detach from your computer. Instead of wasting your time on silly websites (that's what the nine to five is for, right?!) scope out sites that will help you plan an active and exciting weekend. From meet-up guides, sites designed to keep you offline, to mashups that will help you find cheap eats, there's no dull Saturday or Sunday that can't be turned into a wave of fun so long as you know the right place to surf.
If you've been keeping track of expenses and practicing smart savings, the last thing you want to do is sabotage all of your hard work in the course of a single weekend. Instead, make your weekends fun without spending too much cash. Think about purchases and use these tips to spend smarter and keep yourself on track throughout your weekend routine:
- Get in the habit of DIY — Take some free time during the weekend to sharpen your sewing skills, or rifle through a cookbook and try some new recipes. Mastering these skills will mean you're less likely to need a professional to sew a tear in your favorite jeans or crave dinner out when you can whip up something just as delicious at home — and you're going to save a lot of money each time you opt to do it yourself.
- Save big on eating out — Restaurants have seen some tough times lately, with fewer patrons eating out. Take advantage when you dine out by researching which places in your area are offering discounts.
- Plan activities that don't require spending — You can be social without spending. Have friends over for an at-home hangout, like a game or movie night. Be mindful of how much you're spending, and shift your focus from costly activities to something equally fun but less cash-demanding, like getting outdoors, or getting creative with leftovers.
Get the rest of my savvy weekend tips after the jump.
I'm a planner. I make to-do lists. I thrive off being efficient and optimizing my productivity. Call it savvy, call it geeky, call it a sign of Type A personality, but that's just how I work. Thankfully, it's not an around-the-clock habit, and I have taught myself the importance of unwinding on the weekends with a simmer-down-from-the-grind routine. If I'm not traveling, I have a Saturday morning habit of waking up, working out, then meeting my main squeeze or a girlfriend for breakfast at my favorite French bakery and enjoying a leisurely latte. While simple, the routine helps me collect myself, slip into weekend mode and live in the moment. From then on, the weekend is playtime.
My sister, on the other hand, keeps her iCal open on her iPhone all weekend and follows her planned events and appointments as if they were meetings with the boss.
Do you typically carry the structure of the work week into the weekend, or do you just take a deep breath and let it happen?
After working hard and being productive all week, there’s nothing like two days of freedom stretching out ahead of you to give your mood a lift. Or is there?
A recent German study has found that people tend to be most bummed out about life in general on Sundays, with Saturdays and Fridays following closely behind. And (much less official) research by Zubin Jelveh of The New Republic finds that Americans experience the weekend blahs, too — 90 percent of Americans think life is good on Wednesdays, compared with only 79 percent on Sundays.
So what gives? Anticipation of a new workweek beginning, maybe? Or is work such a big part of our lives that we feel adrift and slightly depressed when we’re not actually working?
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When the weekend arrives, I instantly transform into chill mode. I sleep in and take my time around the house, and it feels like I seldom get out of my sweatpants until it's time to go out at night. I run errands in my sweats, I shop in my sweats, I even go out to lunch in my sweats. My plans, of course, dictate my outfit, but I'm curious to know where you stand on staying in your loungewear on the weekend. Is it something you do, too, or do your sweats make you feel less productive?
Be it that you end up eating really unhealthy on the weekends or that you totally slack off on working out, the weekends can be a time when a lot of us slip-up in our health endeavors.
One reason for continuous weekend blunders is because we get off schedule. The week is pretty scheduled for most of us, which usually includes going to the gym and cooking healthy meals. On the weekends we stay up late and sleep in, which makes us feel fat and lazy leading to us to act fat and lazy -- As a result we're skipping breakfast and skipping the gym, which makes us feel even worse. The spiral continues until Monday morning, when we get back on track. This is not the worst scenario there ever was, as we all need a break and we should be pleased that we're able to keep eating healthy and exercising during the week. However, when it happens every weekend, we could get unmotivated.
One way to keep on track through the entire weekend is to keep to your normal schedule. The best way to do this: Wake up at the same time you normally wake up (or at least close to it). For me, this helps me stay on track significantly and I feel like I have the entire day to get done everything I've planned.
Have your own ideas for staying on track during the weekends? Share them in the comments section below!